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FIRST REPORT 



OF THE 



Pacific Dispensary 



FOR 



Women and Children, 

INCORPORATED MARCH 24, 1875. 



SAN FRANCI5CO 




FIR5T REPORT 



OF THE. 



Pacific Dispensary 



FOR 



Women and Children. 



INCORPORATED MARCH 24, 1875. 



SAN FRANCISCO 











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OFFICERS 



For the Year Beginning February 1st, 1876. 



PRESIDENT, 

Mrs. D. J. STAPLES. 

VICE-PRESIDENTS, 
Mrs. A. L. STONE and ELKAN COHEN. 

SECRETARY, 

Mrs. W. T. REID. 

TREASURER, 

Mrs. OLIVER W. E ASTON. 

AUDITORS, 

Mrs. IRVING M. SCOTT and Mrs. C. A. WRIGHT. 

DIRECTORS, 

Mrs. JOHN HOOPER, Mrs. E. W. PHILLIPS, 

Mrs. C. A. WRIGHT, Mrs. A. L. STONE, 

Mrs. IRVING M. SCOTT, Mrs. WM. T. WALLACE, 

Mrs. OLIVER W. EASTON, Mrs. ELKAN COHEN, 

Mrs. J. R. SIMMS, Mrs. D. J. STAPLES, 

Mrs. JOS. HEALY, Mrs. HENRY GRAVES, 
Mrs. THOMAS FLINT. 

ATTENDING PHYSICIANS, 

Mrs. M. E. BUCKNELL, m. d., Mrs. C. B. BROWN, m. d. 

Mrs. SARA E. BROWN, m. d. 

CONSULTING PHYSICIANS, 

THOS. BENNETT, m. d., HENRY GIBBONS, m. d., 

S. M. MOUSER, m. d., GEO. H. POWERS, m. d., 

J. D. B. STILLMAN, m. d., J. H. WYTHE, m. d. 



CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION 



STATE OF CALIFORNIA, 

department OF state. S Sacramento, March 24, 1875. 

I, Drury Melone, Secretary of State of the State of California, do 
hereby certify that a copy of Articles of Incorporation was filed in 
this office on the twenty-fourth day of March, A. D. 1875, containing 
the following statement of facts: — 

1 . That the name of the corporation is the Pacific Dispensary for 
Women and Children. 

2. That the purpose for which it is formed is to provide for 
women the medical aid of competent female physicians, and to assist 
in educating women for nurses, and in the practice of medicine, and 
like professions. 

3. That its principal place of business is the City and County of 
vSan Francisco, California. 

4. That the term for which it is to exist is fifty (50) years. 

5. That the number of its Directors or Trustees is seven (7). 

And the names and residences of those who are to act as Directors 
or Trustees until the election and qualification of such officers are: — 

ANNIE S. TAYLOR, San Francisco, California. 

C. A. SIMMS, 

MARY WINSLOW STAPLES, 

RACHEL W. HEALY, 

M. B. F. STONE, 

R. J. WALLACE, 

ELIZABETH W. PHILLIPS, 

6. That the amount of its capital stock is one thousand Dollars 
($1,000), and the number of shares into which it is divided is fifty (50.) 

Witness my hand and the Great Seal of State, at my office in 
Sacramento, California, the twenty-fourth day of March, A. D. 1875. 
[seai,.] DRURY MELONE, Secretary of State. 

By N. E. White, Deputy. 



ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION 



OF THE 



Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children. 



The name of this Corporation shall be the Pacific Dispensary for 
Women and Children. To provide for women the medical aid of 
competent women physicians, and to assist in educating women for 
nurses, and in the practice of medicine and kindred professions. 

The place where its principal place of business is to be is the City 
and County of San Francisco, State of California. 

The term for which it is to exist shall be fifty years from the 
date hereof. 

The number of Directors to serve until the election and qualification 
of such officers shall be seven. Their names are as follows: Annie S. 
Taylor, C. A. Simms, Mary Winslow Staples, Rachael W. Healy, M. 
B. F. Stone, R. J. Wallace, Elizabeth W. Phillips, all of whom are 
residents of said City and County, and all of whom subscribe these 
articles. 

Its Capital Stock shall be One Thousand Dollars, divided into fifty 
shares of twenty Dollars each, with the privilege of increasing the same 
to One Hundred Thousand Dollars. 

Dated San Francisco, March 18th, A. D. 1875. 

MARY WINSLOW STAPLES, [Seal.] 
MATILDA B. F. STONE, [Seal.] 

ANNIE S. TAYLOR, [Seal.] 

ROMIETTA J. WALLACE, [Seal.] 
ELIZABETH W. PHILLIPS, [Seal.] 
RACHEL W. HEALY, [Seal.] 

State of California, ) 

City and County of San Francisco. ^ ss * 

On this eighteenth day of March, A. D. 1875, personally appeared 
before me each of the subscribers to the foregoing articles, each to me 
personally known, and they severally acknowledged to me that they 
executed the same freely and voluntarily, and for the uses and purposes 
therein mentioned. 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the 
City and County of San Francisco, at my office, the day and year last 
above written. 

[Notarial Seal.] E. V. JOYCE, 

Notary Public. 
Office of the County Clerk ) 

Of the City and County of San Francisco. ) 

I, William Harney, County Clerk of the City and County of San 
Francisco, State of California, and Clerk of the County Court thereof, 
do hereby certify the foregoing to be a full, true and correct copy of 
the Articles of Incorporation of the Pacific Dispensary for Women and 
Children, filed in my office on the twenty-third day of March, A. D. 1875. 

Witness my hand and the seal of said Court this Second of April, 
A. D. 1875. 

WILLIAM HARNEY, Clerk. 

[Seal.] Thos. Benniman, Deputy Clerk. 



BY-LAWS 

OF THE 

Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children. 



Section 1. The name of the Institution shall be called Pacific Dispensary for 
Women and Children. 

Sec. 2. The objects of the Institution shall be — 

First. — To provide for women medical aid of competent physicians of their 
own sex. 

Second. — To assist educated women in the practical study of medicine. 

Third. — To educate nurses. 

Sec. 3. The government shall consist of eleven Directors who shall have the 
entire management of the business of the Institution. 

Sec. 4. The officers shall be a President, two or more Vice-Presidents, Secretary, 
Treasurer, and two Auditors chosen from the Board by the Directors. 

Sec. 5. Subscribers shall, by paying $2.50, be entitled to vote. 

Sec. 6. Subscribers paying fifty dollars at any one time will be considered 
life members. 

Sec. 7. The visitors for each month shall be chosen from the body of Directors. 

Sec. 8. The Medical Officers shall consist of one or more attending Physicians, 
and not less than two consulting physicians, to be chosen by the Board of Directors. 

Sec. 9. The annual meeting shall be held on the fifteenth of March, at which 
time the reports of the Secretary and Treasurer shall be read. 

Sec. 10. The annual subscription shall date from the first day of March. 

Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to give notice of the annual 
meetings in one or more papers. Of this and all special meetings the Secretary 
shall notify the Directors by letter. 

Sec. 12. The Directors shall hold a regular monthly meeting for the transaction 
of the Dispensary business. 

Sec. 13. It shall be the duty of the Secretary, who shall also be the clerk of 
the corporation, to keep a record of all the meetings and doings of the Directors 
and of the Society, and to conduct all necessary correspondence subject to the 
approval of the Directors. Also she shall countersign all orders on the Treasurer, 
signed by the President. Also, to prepare a full report to be read at the annual 
meeting. 

Sec. 14. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and disburse all moneys 
on account of the Society, and to pay all moneys on drafts signed by the President 
and countersigned by the Secretary, and to keep a careful account thereof, open at 
all times to the inspection of the Directors, with proper vouchers for all payments. 

Sec. 15. The Auditors shall examine the account annually, and oftener, if 
necessary, and report at the annual meeting. 

Sec. 16. It shall be the duty of the attending physicians to submit to the Board 
of Directors at the quarterly meeting such report of the quarter's labor as may be 
deemed profitable to the objects and intents of the Institution. 

Sec. 17. The visitors of the month shall have the superintendence of the 
Dispensary during the month, co-operating with the permanent officers of the 
Institution. 

Sec. 18. Five Directors shall constitute a quorum of their Board. 

Sec. 19. Ten members shall constitute a quorum sufficient for transaction of all 
business at any special meeting of the Society. 

Sec. 20. The Directors may fill any vacancy occurring in their number during 
the year. Special meetings may be called by the President, or by the Secretary, 
on the written request of three Directors. 

Sec. 21. The by-laws may be amended at any meeting of the Society by a 
vote of two-thirds of the members present,— two weeks' notice that amendments are 
proposed being given by advertisement. 

San Francisco, March 15, 1875. 



The Dispensary will be open every day, Sundays and holidays excepted, from 
8 to 10 A. M. 

Gifts of money for this charity may be given to either of the Directors. 

A charge of twenty-five cents will be made for each prescription, to cover the 
actual cost of the medicine. Persons unable to pay this sum will be provided 
gratuitously, by making known their needs to the attending physicians. 



PRESIDENTS REPORT 



TO THE. DIRECTORS AND CONTRIBUTORS OF THE, PACIFIC 
DISPENSARY FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN. 



We herewith present for your information our first Report : 

At the organization, a committee, to whom was intrusted the duty 
of incorporating, consisted of Matilda B. F. Stone, Annie S. Taylor, 
Romietta J. Wallace, Elizabeth W. Phillips, Rachel W. Healy and 
Mary Winslow Staples, and the committee procured an act of in- 
corporation, dated March 24, 1875. Under the act of this incorporation 
the managers of the Association are called Directors. In obedience 
to your instruction also, a petition has been prepared to be sent to 
the Legislature, respectfully asking an appropriation to aid us in 
carrying out our work. Owing to the prolonged absence of our 
Secretary, Mrs. E. W. Phillips, from the State, Mrs. W. T. Reid was 
elected her successor. 

Our board of consulting physicians, whose names inspire confidence 
in the community, will please accept our thanks for their services; 
of Dr. Powers we make special mention for his constant and skilled 
attention upon the eye and ear patients. The thanks of the Directors 
are due to the attending physicians for their faithful efforts, which are 
entirely gratuitous, to promote the medical interests of the institution. 

Death with its busy hand has been felt in our little circle, taking 
our first Life Member, W. C. Ralston. "He was a friend in need." 

We are pleased to say that thus far, since its organization, this 
Dispensary has been successful beyond our most sanguine expectations. 
By reference to the reports of the attending physicians, it will be seen 
that 210 patients have been treated between April 7th and February 1st, 
besides surgical and ophthalmic operations. 

What seemed at first an experiment, starting an institution of 
this kind for women, controlled by women, with women physicians, is 
in our minds no longer an experiment, but an indispensable necessity, 
meeting a want long since felt by the poor of this city. 



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As yet we can only care for those who are able to come to the 
Dispensary daily. Every day we see the importance and need of beds 
and conveniences for those who by the development of disease are not 
able to continue their visits; and it is with the greatest regret for these 
worthy and deserving women and children, that we have to dismiss 
them for the want of suitable facilities. 

The increased number of patients, as the institution became 
known, rendered it necessary to increase our number of attending 
physicians. Just at the time that this became apparent, Dr. Sara K. 
Brown, of Boston, a graduate of Ann Arbor, Michigan University, 
arrived, and at once entered upon the work. 

Among the most cherished purposes of the Directors is the 
establishing of a school for the training of nurses. To this idea before 
the present year expires, we intend to have the initiatory steps taken, 
by lectures from the attending physicians to those who wish to avail 
themselves of their benefit. Year after year, our Directors, as well as 
other heads of families, have had the conviction strengthened that 
there is no greater want in this community than that of good nurses; 
and if for no other reason, as a powerful auxiliary to the physician, 
we shall urge its suppty and for a vocation for women, which in this 
Golden State is limited enough, it is a matter of surprise that more 
intelligent women do not seek and educate themselves for this employ- 
ment, and make it one of dignity and honor. 

We need additional funds to aid us in procuring a building where 
we could have a few beds to carry out the plans thus marked out; and 
while enlarging our accommodations, we hope also to increase our 
educational work. As soon as we have an Infirmary Department, we shall 
employ pupil nurses as far as it is found practicable, and in this way 
educate nurses, who shall be competent for their important functions. 

We have been obliged to refuse applications from patients, anxious 
to have the care of women physicians, whose means enabled them to 
pay in part or whole for superior accommodations. 

It gives us great pleasure to take this opportunity to thank every 
one who aided us in starting this work. Our first donations of drugs 
and material for the drug room were among the most valuable. 

The first few Iyife Memberships gave us the first quickened pulse, 
which has given life and health ever since. We are sure these persons 
will never again have an opportunity to do so much good with the 
price of a Iyife Membership. 



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Our list of annual subscribers is constantly increasing; and as the 
public become acquainted with the project, it commends itself to them 
for continued support. 

While this is an effort for women to help women in alleviating 
distress and sickness, let us not forget to do it in a womanly way — 
which means, in brief, to depend upon our brother man to accomplish 
it. To them we must look for the financial aid ; and judging from 
our past experience, they prefer to aid in charity through organized 
societies, instead of promiscuous giving, doubting whether their money 
does good or not. 

Is it too much to hope, as we continue successful in this enterprise, 
showing by our zeal and disinterestedness, that our aim is to help the 
poor, whom our Saviour said: "Ye have with you always," that at 
sometime, perhaps not far distant, some of our wealthy, philanthropic 
men will remember us substantially, enabling us to put on a good 
foundation, an Infirmary and Dispensary for Women and Children 
equal to any institution of the kind at the East? 

Our means of support, so far, has been obtained entirely by 
solicitation, and we invite our friends to visit the Dispensary any 
morning, Sundays excepted, from 8 to 10, to see for themselves what 
use is made of the money so procured. We hope all donors will be 
gratified, and "Not be weary in well doing," but feel that their 
assistance is appreciated, and that they will continue to take an 
interest in this work for the public good. 

MRS. D. J. STAPLES, President, 

PACIFIC DISPENSARY FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN, 

San Francisco, 520 Taylor Street, February 4th, 1876. 



REPORT OF THE ATTENDING PHYSICIANS. 



In presenting to your attention our first Report, it may be well to 
commence with a few words in regard to the patients who come to 
us for advice and treatment. In a city and community like this, where 
there is a large and continual increase of population, the people 
coming not only from the West and Northwest, but from the Atlantic 
coast, the fatigue of the long journeys, and change of climate and 
food, must conduce to much ill-health and disease, to say nothing of 
the large number of invalids who come to these shores hoping to be 
benefited by the climate. By far the greater portion of these new- 
comers are of the working-class — mechanics, artisans, farmers and 
laborers of all kinds. They bring their wives and children with them, 
and often other dependent relatives. The5^ have but little money, and 
as there is frequently a dekty of months in obtaining work, that little 
is soon gone. Homesickness, aggravated by the repeated disappoint- 
ments in getting employment, depresses the nervous system; and 
worry and anxiety give added weight to their burdens. At last the 
mother or children fall sick, with means exhausted, depressed in body 
and mind, strangers in a new and strange country, they know not 
where to turn for relief or medical aid. 

This free Dispensary meets their need; here the suffering women 
and their sick children find sympathetic physicians of their own sex, 
whom they may consult with freedom, confident of their interest and 
care. Such cases are by no means rare. They come to us every week, 
and nearly every day. There are but few of our patients from the 
lowest and poorest class ; they are for the most part industrious, 
respectable, intelligent working- women, those who in health are self- 
supporting, useful members of our working community, and who up 
to the present crisis have never asked charity in any form. 

Many of this number are teachers, dressmakers, sewing- women, 
some have little children or aged relatives dependent upon them, 
and were it not for the service and medical assistance rendered them 
here, in this their hour of need, they and their dependents might 
be obliged to seek an asylum in the Alms-house. On so slender 
a thread as the health of one working-woman frequently depends the 
support of those who would otherwise sink into the rapidly filling 
ranks of pauperism; but, with timely help, what might prove their 
fatal gulf of despair is bridged over, and they are spared to resume 



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their position and work. A few cases may demonstrate still further 
the result of our efforts. 

In June a teacher of drawing came to us suffering from a serious 
disease of the eye, which endangered the sight of both. A skillful 
and careful examination proved that her only hope lay in an operation. 
This necessary service our oculist rendered, and in a few weeks she 
was able to resume her classes free from all pain, and happy as are 
those only who have faced the possibility of total blindness. 

Another, a German widow, with three little children dependent 
upon her for support, was suffering from granulation of the eyelids, 
to such an extent that as to be unable to work from the pain and 
impairment of sight. The proper applications were made, and in a 
few weeks, after many earnest expressions of gratitude, she returned 
to her work. 

A poor laboring woman came one morning complaining that 
though she was well and able to work no one would employ her, 
"because she was so deaf," and it had been increasing for two years. 
An examination soon revealed the cause of her trouble, and after the 
second visit her hearing was restored, and she went her way rejoicing. 

A child of eleven years was brought with a purulent discharge 
from both ears, and hearing much impaired, owing to severe scarlet 
fever. After a number of weeks of patient care she was sufficients- 
restored to return to her school, and attend to the recitations which 
before she had been unable to hear. 

Still another, a Scotch woman, afflicted with an incurable disease 
of the heart, was attended by us for several weeks at her home, until 
her failing strength made a nurse's care necessary, and we were 
obliged to send her to the City and County Hospital, where she 
remained till death relieved her. 

For lack of accomodations we have been obliged to refuse quite a 
number of obstetrical cases, and also some very interesting medical 
and surgical cases, which might have had prompt relief, if we could 
have had beds for them. 

In several cases of severe illness w T e have been compelled, by 
the urgency of the case, to continue the care of the patients at 
their homes, or send them to the already crowded hospitals. 

Our figures show the large proportion of children prescribed 
for, owing, no doubt, to the fact that this is the only place in the 
city where they can be treated free of charge, as well as to the 
growing feeling among the poor at least, that women are more patient, 
and successful in the diseases incident to childhood, than men. 



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We have had quite a number of applicants for instruction in 
nursing, but we have to refuse them, until suitable accommodations 
for their practical training are afforded. We regret very much the 
necessity for such a course, as the lack of good, well-trained nurses 
is a want keenly felt, by physicians as well as the community at 
jarge. It is to be hoped that within a short time suitable rooms and 
sufficient means will be placed at our disposal for a beginning at 
least of this important work. 

We offer the following statistics, to give you some idea of the 
amount of work accomplished, with the very limited means at our 
command, and the great lack of instruments and appliances with 
which to extend our benefits : 

Total number of patients treated 210 

" of prescriptions 735 

nativities: CIVII, states : 

Married 85 

Single 38 

Widows 80 



106 

68 

11 

2 

English 19 

Scotch 3 

Polish Jew 1 



American 

Irish 

German .. 
French... 



Children 



Total 210 



CLASSIFICATION OF DISLA5LS TRLATLD AT THE DISPLNSARY. 



MEDICAL : 



Bronchitis... 
Dyspepsia ... 
Pharyngitis. 



19 

13 
4 



General Debility 15 

5 

1 

5 

13 

1 

1 

1 

5 

1 



Cory za 

Hematuria 

Neuralgia 

Constipation 

Nervous prostration. 

Dysuria 

Anasarca 

Anaemia 

Odontalgia 

Tonsilitis 

Ascarides 

Whooping Cough.... 



Mitral Disease of the Heart... 

Diarrhoea 

Hemicrania 

Follicular Phar y ngitis 

A sthma 

Ivumbricoides 

Rubeola 

Phthisis Pulmonalis 

Hypertrophied Tonsils 

Rheumatism 

Intermittent Fever 

Cystitis 

Marasmus 

Seborrhcea 



Total 112 



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DISEASES OF WOMEN 



Menorrhagia 

Flexion of the Uterus... 

Amenorrhoea 

Pregnancy 

Menopause 

Endometritis 

Pelvic Cellulitis 

Versions of the Uterus. 

Endocervicitis 

Metritis 

Fibroid of the Uterus... 
Uterine Polypus 



Indurated Glands 

Hernia 

Undescended Testes 

Erysipelas 

Ozaena 

Splinter in thumb, 4 years, 

removed 

Abscess of chin 

Eczema 

Syphilis 

Varicose veins 



5 
6 
1 
8 
2 
5 
1 
4 
10 
5 
1 
1 



surgical: 

9 



Granular Erosion of Cervix. 

Vaginitis, acute 

Congestion of the Uterus.... 

Subinvolution 

Chlorosis 

Abdominal Tumor 

Areolar Hyperplasia 

Hysteria 

Vaginitis Follicular 



Total 66 



Indolent Ulcer of the leg. 

Pityriasis 

Herpes Circinata 

Fistula in Ano 

Urethritis 

Difficult Articulation 

Exostosis of Malar bone. 
Hemorrhoids 



Total. 



EYE and EAR: 



Tarsal Ophthalmia 3 

Granular Conjunctivitis 1 

Cyclitis 1 

Glaucoma 1 

Phlyctenular Ophthalmia 2 

Inflammation lachrymal duct 1 

Conjunctivitis 5 



Total eye patients 14 



Catarrhal inflammation 
Eustachian tube 

Cerumen 

Otitis Media Catarrhalis 
Chronica 

Tinnitus Aurium 

Aural Polypus 

Otitis Chronica , 

Impaired hearing , 



Total no. ear patients 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARTHA E. BUCKNELU, m. d. 
CHARLOTTE B. BROWN, m. d. 
SARA E. BROWN, m. d. 



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SECRETARY'S REPORT. 



To the President and Board of Directors: 

The Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children is just completing 
its first year of existence. 

The advisability of opening in San Francisco a Free Dispensary 
for the treatment of Women and Children by women physicians was 
first taken into formal consideration February 26, 1875, at the house 
of Dr. Martha E. Bucknell; the following ladies having met together 
for that purpose: 

Mrs. D. J. STAPLES, Mrs. E. W. PHILLIPS, 

" A. L. vSTONE, " BOSWORTH, 

" C. A. WRIGHT, " T. C. BANKS, 

" CYRUS PALMER. " H. WATSON, 

Mrs. J. R. SIMS. 

The objects to be aimed at in establishing such an institution 
were such as commended themselves at once to all present, and the 
advisability of undertaking its establishment was not only agreed 
upon, but immediate measures were taken towards organization. 

The following officers were finally elected: 

PRESIDENT, 

Mrs. D. J. STAPLES. 

VICE-PRESIDENTS, 

Mrs. A. L. STONE and ELK AN COHEN. 

secrb;tarv, 
Mrs. E. W. PHILLIPS. 

TREASURER, 

Mrs. OLIVER W. E ASTON. 

AUDITORS, 

Mrs. C. A. WRIGHT and Mrs. C. L. TAYLOR. 



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DIRECTORS, 

Mrs. D. J. STAPLES, Mrs. CYRUS PALMER, 

Mrs. A. L. STONE, Mrs. C. L. TAYLOR, 

Mrs. C. A. WRIGHT, Mrs. O. W. EASTON, 

Mrs. J. R. SIMMS, Mrs. JOHN HOOPER, 

Mrs. E. W. PHILLIPS, Mrs. WM. T. WALLACE, 

Mrs. JOSEPH HEALY, Mrs. ELKAN COHEN, 
Mrs. THOMAS FLINT. 

ATTENDING PHYSICIANS, 

DR. MARTHA E. BUCKNELL and DR. CHARLOTTE B. BROWN. 

CONSULTING PHYSICIANS, 

DR. HENRY GIBBONS, Sr., DR. J. D. B. STILLMAN, 
DR. J. H. WYTHE, DR. THOS. BENNETT, 

DR. G. H. POWERS, DR. S. M. MOUSER. 

The by-laws now in force were adopted at a meeting held March 
8th, 1875. 

Incorporation papers were shortly obtained, stock was issued, and 
the rooms now in use at 520 Taylor Street were secured and furnished. 
The Dispensary was then announced through the papers as open for 
patients between the hours of 8 and 10 A. M. 

The election of officers by the society, now that it had become a 
legal body, took place June 14, 1875, and resulted in the re-election 
of the entire corps of officers. 

Owing to the unexpected and prolonged absence from the State 
of the Secretary, Mrs. E. W. Phillips, and to the continued illness 
of Mrs. Flint, the Secretary pro tern., the office was declared vacant, 
and Mrs. W. T. Reid was elected to fill the vacancy. 

The resignation of Mrs. C. L. Taylor and Mrs. Cyrus Palmer 
made the election of other Directors necessary, and accordingly, Mrs. 
Irving M. Scott and Mrs. Henry Graves were elected. 

Meanwhile the number of patients in the Dispensary steadily 
increased, often necessitating the attendance of the physicians till 11 
o'clock. It was therefore considered advisable to appoint a third 
physician to share in the office duties. Dr. Sara E. Brown, a 
physician of experience from Boston, now in San Francisco, was 
accordingly appointed. 



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The three physicians give their services gratuitously, two days 
each — Dr. Charlotte B. Brown being in attendance on Monday and 
Thursday, Dr. Martha E. Bucknell on Tuesday and Friday, and Dr. 
Sara B. Brown on Wednesday and Saturday. 

Since its organization the Board has held 12 regular meetings and 
5 special meetings. 

The year has not been without its difficulties. In common with 
all enterprises of this character, we have felt the influence of the 
financial depression, and more than once our Treasury has been empty, 
and the Directors have had to advance money for rent. This, however, 
has been done with the greatest cheerfulness, for we have had 
sufficient encouragement in the good we saw being accomplished. We 
now call the attention of the public to our institution and the record 
of its short past with no small degree of satisfaction, and with the 
decided hope and expectation that many hands will be reached out for 
our support and aid in future. 

There are now under treatment patients so situated as to render 
proper care and nursing impossible. To provide for such cases the 
Directors hope to establish an Infirmary, in which benevolently- 
disposed organizations and persons may support free beds and control 
their use. 

It would not be in accordance with the spirit in which the 
Dispensary has been conducted and supported to enter into any 
extended discussion of the merits of the undertaking, or a lengthy 
appeal in its behalf. Its plans and purposes, and its methods of 
carrying them out have been explained and its needs pointed out. It 
is believed that the provision of proper medical attention and care for 
the needy sick will at once be recognized as the merest act of 
humanity; and it is hoped that the management of the institution will 
commend it as a trustworthy medium, through which such care and 
attention may be given. 

Respectfully submitted 

Mrs. W. T. REID, Secretary. 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



Mrs. 0. IV. EASTON, Treasurer, in accou?it with Pacific Dispensary 
for Women and Children, from March 8, 1875, to February 1, 1876. 

Receipts. 

To Cash received: Subscriptions and Donations $ 548.50 

From Dispensary 30.30 

Donations on Bills as follows: 

Carpentering and Upholstering Work in Dispensary 39.00 

Directory 5.00 

Drugs and Sundries 102.10 

Printing 13 

Signs 

Advertising — Daily Papers 



90 
20.30 
22.00 



$841.10 



Disbursements. 

Cash paid: Notary Public— Incorporation Papers $ 15.00 

Eleven months Rent — from March 20, 1875, to Feb. 

20, 1870, at $30.00 per month 330.00 

Furniture and Carpenter Work for Dispensary 87.25 

" Drugs and Sundries *.... 102.00 

" Signs— Hopps & Sons 20.30 

Stationery and Postage Stamps 8.25 

Advertising — Daily Papers 09.25 

" Printing 03.90 

Insurance on Furniture 0.00 



$702.01 



Amount of Cash on hand $78.55. 

Respectfully submitted, 
MRS. O. W. EASTON, Treasurer. 
San Francisco, February 2, 1876. 



18 

Dispensary Cash Account. 
From April 7, 1875, to February 1, 1876— 

Cash received from Dispensary Patients $106.55 

Cash paid out for Instruments, Drugs and Sundries $ 66.30 

Cash paid out to Treasurer 30.30 96.60 

Balance Cash in hand. $ 9.95 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARTHA E. BUCKNELL, m. d., 
CHARLOTTE B. BROWN, m. d., 
SARA E. BROWN, m. d. 



AUDITOR'S RLPORT. 



San Francisco, January 24, 1876. 

We have examined the Treasurer's accounts of the Pacific 
Dispensary, and find them correct. 

CAROLINE A. WRIGHT, ) 

[■ Auditors. 
Mrs. IRVING M. SCOTT. ) 






LIST OF LIFE MLMBLR5. 



W. C. RALSTON, CHARLES CROCKER, 

HON. NEWTON BOOTH, 
MRS. A. L. STONE, MRS. A. G. STILES, 

MRS. CHAS. LUX, MRS. J. O. ELDRIDGE, 



•n 



List of Subscribers and Donors. 

From March 1st, 1875, to February 1st, 1876. 



Mrs. A. h. Stone $ 55.00 

W. C. Ralston 50.00 

Charles Crocker 50.00 

Hon . Newton Booth 50. 00 

Mrs. A. G. Stiles 50.00 

Mrs. R. C. Johnson 20.00 

Mrs. Dexter Tafft 20.00 

Mrs. C. h. Taylor 12.50 

Mrs. Irving M. Scott 11.00 

Renton, Holmes & Co 10.00 

Joseph Pierce 10.00 

Cash 10.00 

Mrs. Robert Barton 10.00 

Mrs. Merriam 10.00 

Mrs. Rutherford 10.00 

Mrs. Charles Lux 7.50 

H. K. W. Clark 7.50 

C. A. Hooper 5.00 

J. J. McKinnon 5.00 

Mrs. E. W. Phillips 5.00 

Mrs. J. R. Sims 5.00 

Mrs. W. T. Reid 5.00 

Mrs. C. A. Wright 5.00 

Mrs. F. H. Woods 5.00 

John A. Hooper 3.00 

George W. Hooper 2.50 

Arthur A. Hooper 2.50 

Mrs. John Hooper 2.50 

Mrs. Cyrus Palmer 2.50 

Eva P. Harwood 2.50 

S. K. Palmer 2.50 

Mrs. D. J. Staples 2.50 

Cash 2.50 

A Friend 2.50 

Mrs. Horace Davis 2.50 

Mrs. T. H. Buckingham... 2.50 

Mrs. Oliver Easton 2.50 



Mrs. John Taylor $ 2.50 

Mrs. F. F. Taylor 2.50 

Mrs. A. Chisolm 2.50 

Mrs. William E. Bridge... 2.50 

Mrs. S. D. Mayer 2.50 

Henry Brown 2.50 

George Pardee 2.50 

John G. Goldsworthy 2.50 

Geo. C. Hickox 2.50 

Mrs. Geo. C. Hickox 2.50 

G. P 2.50 

Miss Stone 2.50 

Mrs. H. H. Pearson 2.50 

E. E. Caswell 2.50 

Mr. Carlton 2.50 

Mr. White 2.50 

G. McKinsey 2.50 

Chas. S. Eaton 2.50 

Mr. Rand 2.50 

Mrs. George II. Johnson.. 2.50 

Mrs. Joseph Pierce 2.50 

Mrs. Henry Graves 2.50 

Mrs. M. J. Kelsey 2.50 

Mrs. Joseph Healy 2.50 

Mrs. Robert Robinson 2.50 

Mrs. W. T. Wallace 2.50 

C. J. Dolan 2.50 

Mrs. Thomas Flint 2.50 

Mrs. J. H. Applegate 2.50 

Mrs. Van Dermater 2.50 

Mrs. E. V. Hathaway 2.50 

A Friend 1.00 

Mary M. Hooper 1.00 

C. Black 2.50 

Mrs. Findla 5.00 



Total, X 548.50 



22 

Donations to Pacific Dispensary. 

From March 31st, 1875, to January 11th, 1876. 
Donations on bills as follows: 

John Taylor & Co., Drugs and Sundries % 45.26 

Hopps & Sons, Signs 20.80 

Fletcher & Day, Upholstering table , 8.00 

Bulletin Co., advertising 3.75 

W. T. Wenzel, drugs and sundries 15.95 

Painter & Calvert, drugs and sundries 33.00 

Redington & Co., drugs and sundries 49.95 

Haynes & L,awton, clock 4.25 

Ivangley & Co., directory 5.00 

C. C. Burnett, drugs 8.00 

Cummings & Co., table 2.50 

Cole & Co., furniture 12.00 

J. E. Nutting, carpenter work 12.25 

H. S. Crocker & Co., printing and stationery 13.90 

W. M. Searby, drugs and sundries 10.00 

Morning Call, advertising 10.00 

Morning Chronicle, advertising 8.25 

Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., chairs, cupboard and matting 40.00 



$302.30 
MRS. O. W. EASTOX, 

San Francisco, February 2, 187(3. Treasurer.